Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lanyard Swap

This month we are swapping lanyards!

These handy lanyards will be excellent if you are attending Quilt Con, but can also be used to show off your name badge at meetings. During the January meeting we are distributing lanyard hardware but if you missed that, you can find hardware at Joann's or Hobby Lobby. Here's what we distributed.

Here are two lanyard tutorials to give you some basics on how to put them together- googling for fabric lanyards will result in seeing lots of inspiration!

Basic Lanyard: Procrasticraft Lanyard Tutorial
Fancier option: Quilted Lanyard (with tiny HST's)

Bring your completed lanyard to the February meeting to swap.

Can't wait to see your creations!

Our QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt

It's finished! So many of our guild members had a hand in putting this beautiful quilt together.
The inspiration for this quilt came to me a long time ago and has been evolving in the back of my brain ever since. It seems to me that we (and by we, I mean all of us humans, most recently the Modern Quilt Guild) talk A LOT about our differences. Diversity conversations feel more divisive to me than inclusive (and I do believe they are MEANT to be inclusive). When I saw the prompts for this year's QuiltCon charity quilts, I knew that "The Writing on the Wall" was meant to be a collaborative effort among our guild members. Fortunately, the board agreed with me!

Using fabrics donated by local quilt shops, Stitched With Love and Not Your Mama's Quilt Store, guild members were asked to stitch one positive word in response to the prompt "I am...". Seventeen different members created words. I'm sure every member (and everyone else on the planet for that matter!) can relate to one or more of the words made. It doesn't matter how old you are, what gender, sexuality, nationality..... certainly you can connect to the words presented here.

After the words were completed, various members gathered on sew days to assemble the brick wall with our words on it. So many hands touched this quilt in it's making. Truly a group effort.

When the quilt top was finished, member Diann Loper and her husband Jeff of Happy Quilts worked their magic with an overall quilt motif that mimicked our bricks theme.
And now our quilt is ready to head to Austin. If you are attending QuiltCon, please snap a picture of you and your friends in front of our quilt and use the hashtag #mckmqg. Maybe tell us what word you would add to the wall! See you at QuiltCon!

big giant thank you to Stitched With Love, Not Your Mama's Quilt Store, Happy Quilts and everyone who had a hand in sewing The Writing on the Wall.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jan 2020 Block Lotto

We are continuing the block lotto into 2020! We are going to gear up for Valentines Day with a red, white and pink color scheme.

Fabrics should be quilt store quality and may be solid, tone on tone, or prints but they should primarily read as the color indicated. The white center can be white or cream, but not grey, please.

Directions with dimensions

This Missouri Star Quilt Company Disappearing 9 patch tutorial explains the process well. Make sure to read the directions linked above for the specific information for our lotto.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Dues for 2020 and shopping!

Have you checked the Guild Store link here on the blog?

Available in the store:

1) Guild swag
2) Dues payment link
3) Entries in the December drawing for Arlene, the 1950 Featherweight!

It's time to pay dues for 2020 starting now. You definitely will want some of our custom-embroidered guild swag, especially as we head toward Austin for Quiltcon in February. And you and all of your quilty friends from all over will want to get in on the drawing to win a 1950 Featherweight.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

McKMQG Board 2020 Election Information

It's that time of year again - board elections for 2020. We will be voting at the November meeting for next year's officers. The nominating committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates:

President - Ellyn Zinsmeister
Vice President of Programs - Alice Dutton
Vice President of Events - Catherine Dutton
Vice President of Communications - Kelleigh Sedate
Vice President of Membership - Dione Tippawang
Secretary - Chris Simon
Treasurer - Beckey Zipf

At the November meeting, we will call for any additional nominations from the floor, and then proceed to a vote.

Many thanks to the nominating committee for their work in securing such a great group of candidates for us! Members of the nominating committee were Diann Loper, Dione Tippawang, and Bonnie Landon.

REMINDER: The November meeting will not be at the fire station! We will be meeting at Collin College Conference Center in McKinney.